Critical Reaction









Title:  Critical Reaction
Author:  Todd M. Johnson
Pages:  378
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany House
Do you enjoy reading about conspiracy theories, intrigue, courtroom/legal proceedings?  Then, this legal suspense novel is for you.  The story is set on a Native American reservation in the state of Washington.  The time is present day, and the action is nonstop.  Get ready for an intense read!
Kieran Mullaney works at the local nuclear power plant on the security/maintenance crew.  The plant he is assigned to has been out of commission for over 20 years, but there are still a few workers employed and safety is still checked every day to ensure no radiation leaks and the remaining equipment is working properly.  On a routine check, he discovers a vat of something…he doesn’t know what, getting ready to explode.  He barely escapes with his life.  After he is released from the hospital, he wonders how much radiation he was exposed to.  He begins asking questions and is stonewalled.  Finally, he is left with no alternative but to bring a law suit against the power plant.  His first lawyer drops his case two months before his trial is due to start.  How can he possibly obtain a new lawyer at this late date?  Will he ever find out the truth of that explosion and what he was exposed to?
Emily Hart is at odds with her dad and has been since her mother died a few years ago of cancer.  Her dad has withdrawn from his law practice and pretty much from everything else as well.  Emily is a lawyer in the public defender’s office.  She has two years of experience trying cases.  She receives a phone call from an old college friend who is desperate for a lawyer in a civil case.  Emily hasn’t heard from Kieran in three years, but still feels the connection they had while in college before Kieran had to drop out to take care of his family when his father died.  Emily reaches out to her father to see if he will meet with Kieran to hear his case.  Emily’s father, Ryan, used to be a stellar lawyer in the civil arena and his experience is telling him to advise Emily not to take this case.  He knows she is going to ignore that advice, so he says he will help her prep for the trial as a way to ease his guilty conscience that has been constantly reminding him of the years he has neglected his only child.
As their investigation proceeds, more and more inconsistencies come to Ryan and Emily’s attention.  Could this fantastic story of a massive cover-up really be true?  Ryan finally fully hops on board in believing his client’s story and the search for truth ramps up another notch.  There is a lot of goings on and the story is fast-paced.  The tension created kept me glued to my chair, reading as fast as I could to find out what was going to happen next.  This is a story that will engage, enthrall and entertain.  I’ve read the author’s previous book, The Deposit Slip, which was another great legal drama so I have been looking forward to this next entry into this genre.  Don’t miss this one!  I highly recommend this book as well as the author’s prior work mentioned above.  This would be a great as a Christmas gift!
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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